Jo Brand doesn't blame Mary Berry for quitting Bake Off: "She probably wants to put her feet up!"

Published Friday, Sep 23 2016, 09:35 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Jo Brand has said she doesn't blame Mary Berry for quitting Great British Bake Off out of loyalty to the BBC, quipping: "She probably wants to put her feet up!"

Comedian Jo, who presents Bake Off companion show An Extra Slice, spoke about all the GBBO changes during an appearance on ITV's Lorraine on Friday (23 September).

'Lorraine' TV show, London, Britain - 14 Mar 2016
Jo Brand

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Jo Brand on Lorraine.

As well as moving from BBC One to Channel 4 next year, judge Mary Berry and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have quit. Judge Paul Hollywood will follow the programme to Channel 4.

Jo said of 81-year-old cookery writer Mary: "I don't blame [her], she probably wants to put her feet up. I mean I'm 20 years younger and I'd quite like to put my feet up. She's amazing."

As for what Mary will do next, Jo had a great idea!

"I'd like to think she will come round my house and bake exclusively for me," she joked.

Oh, Jo, don't we all!

In a statement, Mary said: "My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one."

Mel and Sue's decision to quit as hosts also came because of sadness that the show was leaving BBC. Paul, however, has signed a three-year deal with Channel 4, saying: "It's been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn't turn my back on all that."

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
Jo Brand hosts

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Jo hosts an An Extra Slice. Pictured with guests Nancy Birtwhistle, Tom Allen and Michel Roux Jr

Meanwhile, there's been so much focus on the main Bake Off show nobody has actually said what's happening to An Extra Slice - not even to Jo herself who admitted she's totally in the dark about the spinoff programme's future.

"I've no idea," she said when asked if she would go to Channel 4 as well. "I honestly can say no-one's said anything to me, so I don't know anything."

BBC has aired Bake Off since 2010 and describes the show as "quintessentially BBC" but when the contract came up for renewal this year, BBC out in a bidding war to Channel 4.

Exact numbers haven't been released but it's rumoured BBC offered £15 million per year, while Channel 4 went to £75 million to secure the deal.

The current series is airing on BBC One at 8pm on Wednesdays, while Channel 4's Bake Off kicks off in 2017 with a celebrity special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.